Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins aggravated his rib injury last night versus the Lions, but he has "dodged serious injury," according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Watkins should be able to play without limitations next Sunday versus the Bears.
At some point this season, Watkins may be catching passes from Buffalo's newest quarterback, Kyle Orton. The Bills and the 31-year-old QB agreed to a one-year deal Friday, as first reported by ESPN's James Walker. Orton was released by the Cowboys in July and was reportedly considering retirement. But those plans on hold for now.
The Bills have been rotating through backup quarterbacks lately. They cut Dennis Dixon and Thad Lewis earlier this week. They then signed Jordan Palmer and cut him today. Now, Orton steps in. He will initially battle Jeff Tuel for the No. 2 gig.
Update: Tuel was cut by the Bills on Saturday. Orton has been on the Bills' roster for less than 24 hours, and he is already the No. 2 QB.
Can Orton become the Bills' starter this season? I imagine the answer is yes, but barring an injury to E.J. Manuel , such a move would come with an admission by the team that it is giving up on this season. Yes, Manuel has been fairly awful in the preseason. But Orton is nothing more than a stopgap who looked to already have one foot out of the league's door. Bills players and fans are likely stuck with Manuel as long as he stays healthy, for better or worse. Probably worse.